Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bloodthirsty

Teenage Finbar Frame, who suffers from the likes of bullies because of his geeky stature, soon becomes influenced by vampire romance novels.  He becomes a “vampire” himself to attract young gals — his one-way ticket to popularity.  Finbar’s journey as … Continue reading

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A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom Super Scientist

This non-fiction graphic novel presents the topic of renewable energy in an easy to read and understand format.  The Table of Contents includes:  Where does energy come from?; What makes energy renewable?; Large-scale renewable energy; and New Roads in renewable … Continue reading

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Frantastic Voyage

Frantastic Voyage is volume 5 of the Franny K. Stein series, an easy chapter book filled with just about as many illustrations as text space.  This book will be popular with reluctant readers and is geared more towards girls.  Franny … Continue reading

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Aesop’s Fables

This book may be little, but it’s very powerful.  Forty-seven fables from Aesop are featured, many with an accompanying black and white illustration.  The fables are short, but to the point, at the end of each is the lesson to … Continue reading

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The Mice of Nibbling Village

The Mice of Nibbling Village is a compilation of verses and accompanying illustration.  Each page features a different ‘citizen’ of Nibbling Village whose description is told in lovely, old-fashioned verse.  Children will love the quality of the words and the … Continue reading

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Unearthly Asylum

This series, The Joy of Spooking, sound like The Joy of Cooking, but actually it is very misleading, for a reason.  Joy is the name of the main character, and she together with her younger brother and mother and father, … Continue reading

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Back to School Tortoise

Tortoise was so worried about his first day of school. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if he doesn’t make any friends? But he gets up the courage to go inside the building to … Continue reading

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What is St. Patrick’s Day?

This book covers very general information about St. Patrick’s Day, such as: Saint Patrick’s Life, celebration activities, and symbols that represent the day. It has a table of contents, glossary, reference books, web sites and an index.

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine?

This cute story discusses the ways to hug many different animals, but repeatedly questions, “How do you hug a porcupine?” Finally, in the end, the answer is given, “Carefully!”

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The Christmas Pups

Soon after 3 puppies were left on the side of the road in a cardboard box, they were picked up and dropped off at a shelter. An older dog has told them it is Christmas Eve and people will want … Continue reading

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Wither

Rhine Ellery is a 16-year-old girl growing up in the dangerous world that the old generations have left for her.  In this world, women only grow to be twenty and men only twenty-five due to a genetic life-shortening pandemic.  In … Continue reading

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Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor

This offers a thorough look at the Civil Rights movement through the opposing eyes of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the Commissioner of Public Safety “Bull” Connor.  These giants of the 1950 and 60’s came head-to-head in the multiple conflicts such … Continue reading

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Dolphins

Dolphins is 45 pages of interesting facts accompanied by stunning photographs of various species of dolphins in captivity and the wild.  The book is well-written and interesting, perfect for a student report.  The index and glossaries are helpful features.  I … Continue reading

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Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

Frankie like to keep his bedroom messy. When his mother gives his permission to not clean his room, Frankie is on cloud nine (or cloud swine). His toys get stepped on, he runs out of clean clothes, he has nightmares … Continue reading

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Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace

Frankie has trouble with his math and is quite concerned about the test he has to retake on Monday. He runs out of time all weekend long when his friend comes over to play several games of Yugimon, and he … Continue reading

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Curse of the Were-Wiener

Danny the dragon and his best friend Wendell the Iguana have quite the problem on their hands when Wendell is bitten from a school cafeteria hot dog, and suddenly starts growing back-hair. When the two sneak into the cafeteria to … Continue reading

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Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet Angels and Fairies

Diana Cooper has written 5 books about Tara and her talking kitten, Ash-ting.  In the first chapters of this book, Tara meets her guardian angel who protects her.  “Uncle” Steve came to visit and made Tara and her sister, Mel, … Continue reading

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Recipe and Craft Guide to China

Joanne Mattern begins with interesting information in her introduction to traditional China.  She discusses Chinese cooking and variations of cuisine within the different climates from north to south.  Eleven recipes include rice and noodle dishes, dumplings, desserts, holiday foods, and … Continue reading

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Principals

This book examines the role of principal in a school.  It is one of six in the school edition of ABDO’s Going to Work series.  Principals is written simply but with enough information for a 2nd to 4th grader interested … Continue reading

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Artsy-Fartsy

This is the first in a fun series reminiscent of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in format and style.  The unique angle of this book is that it incorporates and defines words which begin with the letter “A”.  … Continue reading

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The Sunflower Sword

The illustrations make this picture book especially appealing as we follow a young boy with a colander on his head who spends his day imaging battles with dragons using the sunflower his mother gave him for a sword.  Imagination takes flight … Continue reading

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Beautiful!  This favorite Christian poem has been gloriously illustrated with colorful, detailed and very geometric paper cut-outs.  A lovely addition to our Catholic school library, I believe this will be a kindergarten class read-aloud.  For the musically minded, the poem … Continue reading

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Will It Be a Baby Brother?

This book will especially appeal to a child whose mother is expecting a baby.  Little Edward really wants a little brother but finds his parents are right and he is delighted with his new baby sister when she finally comes.  … Continue reading

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The Rogue Crew

This book in the Redwall series stood out as unique from the others in that it was more like a separate story with mainly new characters.  Martin the Warrior was present in the plot but many new characters were introduced.  … Continue reading

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The Lost Children

An interesting combination of fantasy, science fiction and horror, this book is hard to put down.  Although the cover art implies a 3rd or 4th grade reader, the content is definitely for older readers (5th – 7th grade).  In this … Continue reading

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